The Wonderful Uses of Witch Hazel

Witch hazel is an age-old multipurpose remedy that has been used by Native Americans for centuries. Witch hazel, also known as winter bloom or spotted alder, is a flowering shrub common in North America. Its leaves, twigs, and bark are high in tannins which are found in any natural astringent due to its ability to tighten, dry and harden tissues. The bottle of witch hazel solutions that can be purchased at your local drugstore is a distillation of the plant itself. Not only is witch hazel amazing for your skin, but it holds both medicinal and practical uses, too, so it’s a good idea to have on hand in your home.

Treats Acne

No need to spend a fortune or look further than your medicine cabinet for an effective, natural, and gentle way to treat acne. Possessing significant antibacterial and astringent qualities, witch hazel is a fantastic natural remedy for oily, acne-prone skin as well as other skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. It takes care of destructive skin bacteria and helps remove excess oil, treating blackheads and blemishes caused by buildup of dried sebum in pores. Witch hazel makes a great daily skin toner since it doesn’t dry out skin. Plus, it doesn’t leave your skin feeling tight and irritated like other toners do.

Shrinks Blood Vessels

Witch hazel effectively shrinks blood vessels which tightens skin therefore helping to reduce discoloration and puffiness under or around eyes. It can reduce the appearance, and pain, associated with varicose veins and hemorrhoids.

Heals Wounds Fast

Because of it’s ability to shrink blood vessels and tighten skin, witch hazel is superb in the treatment of cuts, scrapes, and other wounds. It can accelerate the healing of bruises by increasing blood flow near the surface of skin, dispersing any blood pooled up in bruises.

Soothes Itching and Inflammation

A potent anti-inflammatory agent that aids itch relief caused by insect bites, poisonous plants, and diaper rash, witch hazel is awesome for soothing irritated skin fast. Relieves your itching, and keeps the affected area safe from germs and bacteria.

Refreshes and Rejuvenates

Although witch hazel for the most part aids troublesome skin, it is also helpful for healthy, regular skin, too. Sealing in moisture and refining pores, it keeps skin clean and refreshed. Providing anti-aging properties, witch hazel even guards against environmental pollutants and other external toxins responsible for many skin problems.

It’s definitely worth the $2-$3 it’ll cost you at the drugstore to keep a bottle of this great stuff on hand at home. I personally never thought much of witch hazel until I tried it on my skin and never looked back. All natural, gentle, cost-effective, and works like a charm. Witch hazel easily replaces any expensive commercial, and chemical ridden, product any day of the week.